8 Ways to Get Outdoors in Surrey

Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey from above

Green Timbers Urban Forest. Photo: BC Bird Trail/Discover Surrey

With rivers, ocean, and pockets of forest, Surrey has lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures. Explore hiking trails, ride your bike beside the ocean, or watch salmon return to spawn. Here are 8 ways to get outdoors in Surrey.


Go for a Hike

Surrey has lots of easy hiking trails, perfect for hikers of all ages. Wander past exotic trees and an epic tree house at Redwood Park. Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest Park has a great network of nature trails. Learn about reforestation and watch for wildlife as you hike the trails at Green Timbers Urban Forest Park. Stop to watch for birds along the Serpentine Fen Nature Trail. Stroll along the banks of the Fraser River at Surrey Bend Regional Park. Or get a workout on the 1001 Steps Trail in South Surrey.

Treehouse at Redwood Park in Surrey

Redwood Park. Photo: Arjun Hair/Discover Surrey


Visit a Farm

Get in touch with Surrey agricultural roots with a visit to a farm. Hazelmere Pumpkin Patch makes a great fall destination with a corn maze and pumpkin patch. Head to the farmstand at Surrey Farms to pick up hand-picked berries and other local fruits and vegetables. Or visit one of Surrey’s other farms and farmer’s markets.

Pumpkin patch

Photo: Marius Ciocirlan/Unsplash


Hit the Beach

Surrey is home to one of Vancouver’s best stretches of sand: Crescent Beach. The designated swimming area is a great place to go for a dip on a hot summer day. You can also rent kayaks and paddleboards to explore the shoreline. Year-round, the gravel walking and long pier invite you to go for a stroll and soak up the views of Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains.

Aerial view of Crescent Beach in Surrey

Crescent Beach. Photo: City of Surrey


Go for a Bike Ride

The Boundary Bay Dyke Trail in Mud Bay Park and Boundary Bay Regional Park is a great spot for a scenic (and car-free) bike ride. It stretches for 20 kilometres along the shoreline between Delta and Surrey. If you want to hone your BMX and mountain bike skills on dirt jumps and obstacles, head to one of Surrey’s bike parks. The South Surrey Mountain Bike Park has a network of trails to challenge both beginner and advanced riders.

Surrey bike park

Photo: Discover Surrey


Stop to Smell the Flowers

Wander down the paths at one of Surrey’s beautiful public gardens. Bear Creek Gardens is known for its rhododendrons and wisteria-draped entrance arch. In the fall, don’t miss the brilliant red leaves of the maples changing colours. Volunteer-run Darts Hill Garden Park includes trees and shrubs from around the world. Slow-down and quiet your mind at Fleetwood Gardens, which includes a labyrinth. Hawthorne Gardens features lots of flowering trees and shrubs that produce great autumn colours as well. And don’t miss the “blooming river” at Holland Gardens.


Immerse Yourself in Nature at a Park

Explore Surrey’s wilderness parks and green spaces. Surrey Lake Park features a human-made lake and nature trails. Explore the meadows and shorelines of Blackie Spit Park. Home to the Serpentine River, Tynehead Regional Park has lots of nature trails. Surrey Bend Regional Park protects important habitats along the floodplain of the Fraser River. Or head to one of Surrey’s other nature parks and trails.

Green Timbers Urban Forest in Surrey

Green Timbers Urban Forest. Photo: Cat Lin of For Two Please/Discover Surrey


See the Salmon Run

Each fall salmon return to British Columbia’s waters to spawn. It’s a spectacular sight as they fight the current and head upstream to the gravel creekbeds where they were born. Catch the action at Little Campbell River Hatchery or the Tynehead Hatchery in Tynehead Regional Park.

Salmon stream habitat sign in Tynehead Regional Park

Tynehead Regional Park. Photo: Discover Surrey/Mary Ann Bell


Go Bird Watching

With its location between the Pacific Ocean and the Fraser River, Surrey’s wetlands and shoreline are an important part of the Pacific Flyway bird migration route. Pack your binoculars, then head to Blackie Spit, Mud Bay Park, Serpentine Fen, and other great birdwatching destinations in Surrey.

Serpentine Fen Viewing tower in Surrey

Serpentine Fen. Photo: BC Bird Trail/Discover Surrey

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